[arin-discuss] ARIN Election Processes and Email Campaigning

Rick Ewart rick at ewart.net
Tue Oct 16 14:37:23 EDT 2018

Hi All.


Seems to me that just doing a prohibition on using the mailing list for
campaigning purposes would solve the direct issue.


As to Whois information and such, my 2 cents is that there is no real need
to touch/attack that. That information is public info that doesn't have an
opt-in/opt-out process and thus is no different than if some company
looked it up to spam someone for any reason. If a candidate feels it would
help them (some might say it would hurt them), then so be it.


But then again, I wasn't upset to begin with so... :P


Take care,



Rick Ewart, CPA, CISSP, CAMS

Ewart Technologies, Inc.

15751 Sheridan St, #160

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33331

rick at ewart.net




From: ARIN-discuss [mailto:arin-discuss-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of
John Curran
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 2:24 PM
To: Owen DeLong
Cc: arin-discuss at arin.net
Subject: [arin-discuss] ARIN Election Processes and Email Campaigning
Importance: High


On 16 Oct 2018, at 8:06 PM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:


Perhaps we should disallow election spam rather than changing the
opt-in/opt-out policy for arin-discuss.


Owen - You have perfect timing, as I was about to send a message to reopen
this discussion.   



Folks -


Last week, while our election was underway, I sent the following to
arin-discuss:  "Once this election is complete, we can then enjoy a
discussion of whether any changes to our Whois terms of use (or our
election processes in general) is warranted in this regard. "


I will note that ARIN's 2018 election is complete -


I'd like to congratulate all of those elected, and thank everyone who ran
for the ARIN Board, ARIN AC, or the NRO NC.


With this election complete, it's now timely to discuss the matter of
campaign emails.  As many of you are aware, ARIN is required to provide
the list of organizations that are eligible to vote in each election, and
while we do not include email addresses in that list, each year we have
several folks up for election who send emails to the electorate asking for
their support. 


ARIN's stance on this has historically been that those people who receive
the emails asking for support are in the best position to weigh the merits
of each candidate and their email practices, and thus we do not
specifically encourage or prohibit such communications in the election
processes.  Similarly, ARIN's terms of use for its ARIN Whois service does
not specifically prohibit use of Whois data for election outreach
purposes, and it is apparent that some candidates are using ARIN Whois to
obtain related email addressed for their campaigning. 


It would be good to discuss ARIN's current stance on this issue, in order
to inform the ARIN Board in their consideration if any change is


To the end, please comment on the question:  "Should ARIN's election
processes prohibit bulk campaign email  to the electorate, or is the
present approach suitable as-is?"





John Curran

President and CEO

American Registry for Internet Numbers




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